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important allies. this four-day trip will see the president meet with prime minister benjamin netanyahu and visit the grave of the father of modern zionism and travel to the west bank city of ramallah to sit down with palestinian authority president mahmoud abbas. a new "washington post"/abc news poll shows 69% of americans think the obama administration should not take a leading role in those negotiations. the president will also focus on iran. according to state tv launched a destroyer in the caspian sea yesterday. israeli leaders are expected to push the president about the white house approach to stopping tehran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. >>> there's big takeaways from the annual gathering of conservatives known as cpac, including signs that it could be a crowded presidential field in 2016 for a republican party still trying to find its footing. amid a field of 23 potential candidates, senator rands paul narrowly edged out senator marco rubio and over the course of several days dozens of leaders across the country took the stage there. despite efforts to energize the dialogue
in israel and the first thawing the often frosty relationship with benjamin netanyahu. is it a turning point in the region? let's ask dan henninger and global view columnist bret stevens. so, bret, the big news out of this, or at least at the surface, that a new good feeling between prime minister y netanyahu and president obama. real or does it makes a difference? >> real, and it's definitely good in terms of the optics, president obama spent the first four years trying to put as much distance between him avenue sn the israelis as he could. it didn't serve american interests or anyone's interest. now he's there and talking about my friend bb. maybe it's not sincere, but it's creating a perception of greater closeness. that's a good thing. israelis respond better when they're being held than when they're being scolded. no question, the speech went over well. the real question is whether the president has a realistic vision for-- >> well, he raised the prospects of this peace agreement with the palestinians. he's clearly, john kerry, the secretaries of state made this a priority or wanted to.
israel. we have a former aide to prime minister benjamin netanyahu. talk about the rockets in a moment. principally for your concerns of this trip is iran. what do you expect to be done about it? >> the big question whether in the private meetings between the prime minister and the president they got down to the clarity whether iran is at the red line. the big question is whether iran has gotten the nuclear weapons or is close to them. there is a report out from a former cia official, agent in iran there is a new facility that is just breaking now. we'll see how that goes. the question is how much time does prime minister netanyahu believe he has until he would have to strike and does the president support him on that. bill: your piece at foxnews.com is very well-written. one of the main points you make, joel, is whether or not the president would give the green light for israel to take out sites in iran if indeed you can prove the sanctions and covert operation haves failed. on the map, iran to the east. you're talking a distance from what, washington, d.c. to pittsburgh, pennsylvania
minister benjamin netanyahu but including new key players. its formation took weeks of negotiations after netanyahu won re-election in january's parliamentary elections. a victory accompanied by the surprisingly strong second-place finish of yair lapid. today netanyahu had to say about his new government stance on relations with the palestinians. >> with a palestinian partner who is willing to conduct negotiations in good faith, israel will be prepared for historic compromise that will end the conflict with the palestinians forever. >> brown: on one important issue, new jewish settlements in the west bank and east jerusalem, the country's new housing minister said yesterday that building would continue in, quote, accordance with what the government's policy has been thus far. palestinian leadership has refused to enter peace talks while israel continues the settlement policy. another issue at the top of the new government's agenda is iran and its nuclear program. >> we face very great threats. iran continues in its race to obtain an atomic bomb. it continues to enrich uranium in order to
with benjamin netanyahu. following a would closed-door meeting between those two leaders. as the assad regime and syrian rebels accuse each other of launching deadly chemical and launching a deadly chemical attack just hours before the president's arrival. the white house at this point says it cannot con official those claims. this trip to israel is the first for the president. this is a four-day middle east trip. he was greeted by netanyahu and israeli president perez. before leaving the a airport, president obama was shown the israeli air force system which the u.s. helped pay for. he met with president perez and took part in a ceremonial tree planting. >> there is a common vision uniting us. to confirm dangers. to bring closure as soon as possible. >> i reaffirm president perez, as i will throughout my visit, that in this work, the state of israel will have no greater friend than the united states. right now as president meets with prime minister netanyahu, major issues, like syria, iran's nuclear program, stalled peace talks. ish a us taking center stage and joining me live now from jerus
hours. he will make stops in the west bank. he'll first visit with benjamin netanyahu, the prime minister of israel, and then go to the west bank to have meetings with the palestinian authority mahmoud abbas. and he'll also stop in jordan having had a conversation with the former ambassador to israel, he suggested one of the real challenges for the president on the trip that will be defined or will be defined more by symbolism than by substance. according to him, the popularity rating of president obama among the israeli people, richard, hovers at about 10%. these are folks who are disappointed in what he's done as president and this maybe chance to reset that relationship. >> thank you, nbc's peter alex sornsd at the white house. that wraps up this hour of "jansing & company." i'm richard lui in. thomas roberts is up next. >>> hey, everybody. the agenda, next hour, the much-hyped republican 2012 report is out. calls for sweeping reforms. reince priebus declares it sound. >>> and then style over substance. bill richardson will discuss president obama's first presidential trip to
there's not a lot of day light between his position and the position of benjamin netanyahu and then netanyahu explained where the daylight is. is he telegraphing that israel may go it alone? >> as the president insisted, israel has its open right to self-defense. obviously it looks -- understandably looks at iran from being in the neighborhood with a greater sense of urgency than we might -- i think they have the same strategic objective, and the president has been clear, and the prime minister has noted that, that the united states will prevent iran from gaining an actual nuclear weapon. i thought the prime minister showed a little bit more flexibility than perhaps he did a year ago. he accepted the fact that if iran makes a decision to build a weapon -- they haven't done that yet -- it would still take time for that to happen, and time for either israel or the united states or both to respond. so, i actually think that from this trip, there's a greater convergence not only of interests but rhetoric, that we have seen, say in the past year. >> shepard: the rhetoric from ir
with action. just as prime minister benjamin netanyahu appeared to do earlier on this trip. >> i'm absolutely convinced that the president determined to prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons. i appreciate that. >> it comes at a time when the stakes could not be any higher. with iran supreme leader today threatening to wipe two israeli cities off the map. if israel attacks first. >> they should know if they make this mistake, the islamic republic will raise tel aviv and haifa to the ground. >> israel was facing new threats from palestinian extremists, with four rockets raining down on the city. where mr. obama visited as a candidate in 2008. the roberts were fired from the hamas -- the rockets were fired from the hamas-controlled gaza strip, hours before mr. obama headed to the west bank to visit with palestinian president mahmoud abbas. yet on a trip that started with white house officials trying hard to lower expectations, mr. obama appeared to raise them. by suggesting that both sides could come back to the table. >> i absolutely believe it's still possible. but i think it's very diffic
benjamin netanyahu. along with hundreds of guests and vips. before he left the airport, president obama was shown an area displaying israeli air defenses including the so-called iron dome. then the motorcade saided to jerusalem where the pred will have a little down time before meetings today. our own chuck todd is in jerusalem. he joins me now. chuck, looks like to be a rather pleasant day at least weather-wise. what is going on in the holy land? >> well, mr. russert, it is unbelievable weather here greeting the president. pretty much a perfect spring day, if you will here in the holy land. what was interesting is the first thing the president said as he got off and there were microphones everywhere, i don't think he knew he was on, he said it's good to be away from congress. also that chitchat as making his way through shaking hands with various dignitaries, he and netanyahu were heard joking about difficulties in the budget process that both leaders are having in each of their countries. but, look, this event, you set it up well. this trip is heavy on symbolism, going to be somewhat
minister benjamin netanyahu and plans a visit with palestinians, but this trip comes as the palestinians rehe main as dug in as ever and as iran is refusing to budge on the nuclear program. what exactly is mr. obama hoping to accomplish here and why now? why now? >> ambassador john bolton is the former u.n. ambassador to the united nations and a fox news contributor and let's start with that, ambassador. why now? why in year five of the presidency does he now go to israel? >> well, i think because he goes on his terms. there's no domestic political down side now, given that he's faced his last election. so, he can really go and use it for his own purposes, and i think what's interesting here is that there will be a real split on this trip between the public symbolism and the photo opportunities on the one hand, and the substantive conversation that president obama and prime minister netanyahu will have in private. >> megyn: only 10% of the israeli public, according to the latest polls, has a favorable opinion of our president. just 10% say they have a favorable opinion of him. that's a s
as president and sits down with benjamin netanyahu. from the beginning the united states has had extremely good cooperation on the intelligence front from the israeli government. obviously, they are in the neighborhood, syria's neighbor to the south. they have a much better picture here, not only of the state of play with the assad regime and its stability. the sources say a few more months at best for assad, but also the movement of chemical weapons. that exchange of information is critical from the united states' standpoint. while israel was out ahead of the obama administration in saying assad must go, you have to understand it's a little jittery in israel at this moment because they look to the south and what happened in egypt, the rise of the muslim brotherhood, given all the uncertainty of who and what would succeed assad if he were to fall, wolf. important the president and prime minister stay on the same page on this one. >> what do they expect to emerge from president obama's visit to israel this week? >> it's interesting. if you talk to key officials here in israel, talk to members of
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